morningglory, cotton

COMMON NAME: Morningglory, cotton
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ipomoea trichocarpa var. torreyana
FAMILY: Convolvulaceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual
FEATURES: Purple flower with dark throat; plant is glabrous throughout except for small hairs that can occur
on primary and secondary leaf veins. Leaf shape is heart-shaped to lobed– lobed is the primary
form but both leaf types can occur on the same plant.
DESCRIPTION: Annual or weak perennial morningglory primarily limited to coastal plains soils of the southeastern
U.S. Sharppod morningglory (Ipomoea trichocarpa var. trichocarpa) is much more pubescent than
cotton morningglory. Flower color is consistent within this species.

Broad View Cotton morningglory climbing a fence

Broad View
Cotton morningglory climbing a fence

Leaf Leaf shape

Leaf
Leaf shape

Leaf Leaf hairs

Leaf
Leaf hairs

Flower / Seed Head Side view of flower

Flower / Seed Head
Side view of flower

Flower / Seed Head Direct view of corolla

Flower / Seed Head
Direct view of corolla